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The Dead Science Villainaire

  • Words: Michael Byrne
  • Label: Constellation
  • XLR8R Rating: 8.5/10

On Villainaire, The Dead Science’s vocalist (and XLR8R scribe) Sam Mickens takes inimitable to a whole different level. If, a few years back, he sounded like Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart at his most unquaking, now Mickens’ warbling birdsong (which is, oddly, both sensual/attractive and creepy) doesn‘t even sound real. Meaning, he’s gotten very, very good. It couldn’t be better framed by anything but the Seattle trio’s noirish avant-jazz–and, on this record, their Hades lounge tunes sound noticeably more elaborate while keeping some semblance of accessibility.

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